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DH2610 Theory and Methodology of Science in Human-Computer Interaction 7.5 credits

The aim of this course is to give a broad introduction to philosophy of science from natural science, social science and humanistic perspectives that connects to the area of HCI. Design of studies, techniques for collecting and analyzing data, and ethical considerations are introduced and discussed.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus DH2610 (Autumn 2015–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Theory of knowledge, inductive-deductive approaches, research methods, theoretical perspectives and technologies within HCI and research-ethical consideration of them, different views of the user, relation between research, technology development, and design.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course the students will be able to:

  • describe different scientific traditions and identify subareas within HCI that represents these
  • assess research articles within HCI regarding method, theory and research ethics
  • discuss how studies are carried out from scientific and ethical perspectives
  • plan quantitative and qualitative studies
  • discuss possibilities and limitations with different data collection techniques, methods, and theoretical perspectives
  • better assess scientific research quality, especially within the domain of HCI

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Admitted to the Master's programme in HCI

Recommended prerequisites

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Meddelas senast 4 veckor före kursstart på kurshemsidan.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • ANN1 - Other Task, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • ANN2 - Other Task, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • HEM2 - Home Exercise, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

In this course, the code of honour of the school is applied, see:

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web DH2610

Offered by

CSC/Media Technology and Interaction Design

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Anders Hedman, e-post:, telefon: 790 9708